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What You Must Know About Punjab Pollls

Now that D-day has been announced, HT takes forward its cutting edge election coverage by bringing you a ready reckoner on Punjab Assembly elections and previous ones too. All that you wanted to know about electoral politics of Punjab – facts, figures, personalities, prespective and what have you – all packed in two pages. What will be the key factors? Who will be the main players in this... 
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Manpreet Badal gives state politics a new direction

Chitleen K Sethi, Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 15. If the winds of change ever blew in Punjab, it would be riding on the colour saffron. Manpreet’s show of strength in Amritsar yesterday made it clear that the former Finance Minister had not just dented the SAD vote bank across Punjab, but also introduced a paradigm shift in how politics is conducted in the state. The colour of sacrifice... 

Jittery over Manpreet, Akalis attempt damage control

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Jittery-over-Manpreet-Akalis-attempt-damage-control/articleshow/6945006.cms CHANDIGARH: Jittery over the show of strength in Amritsar on Sunday by rebel Akali leader and Badal clan member, Manpreet Badal, the Akalis have swung into damage control mode, with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal — despite his rib injury— meeting Youth Akali... 

My religion is personal, I can’t use it for votes

Chitleen K Sethi & GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 14 It’s not every day that one hears a statement like this coming from politicians, who are generally promising the moon to potential voters: “I begin my journey from the land of sacrifice. But the journey we undertake is not an easy one. If you walk with me, you might end up with boils on your feet. But it is a journey we must... 

Punjab crisis: Subsidy Raj

As Punjab Finance Minister, Manpreet Badal was very vocal about doing away with the populist subsidy schemes in the revenue-deficit state — a stand that has now cost him his job. At the heart of his argument is the state’s debt bill which is estimated to add up to a whopping Rs 65,000 crore by March 2011. Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reportedly assured that the Centre would agree to... 
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